I used what dry beans I had: black, red kidney, and garbanzo. No pearl barley, so I used wheat berries. I put red pepper flakes in everything I cook, and was generous with the pepper. Fried green pepper along with the onions. I cooke this in a slow cooker, and added a can of peas for the last 2 -3 hours. They added a little sweetness, and a richer sauce. I ended up with a very good soup with an interesting flavor: the mushiness of the peas, the pop of wheat berries, and the chewiness of the beans. This amended recipe goes into the tried and approved box.
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup
From EatingWell: November/December 2010
Serve this zesty bean and barley soup garnished with chopped fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime, if desired.
28 Reviews for Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup
I doubled the veggies and the soup turned out great. It's healthy and great tasting. Will definitely be making this again.
I made this in the slow cooker, putting everything in the cooker before leaving for work. I used all the liquid called for in the recipe: the four cups of vegetable broth and nine cups of water. I doubled the seasoning and increased the beans to 5/8c each of three types. We also used 1/2c dried carrots, making this addition about an hour before serving. The whole thing cooked for 10 hours on low. The beans were perfectly done, and the seasoning was delicious. Playing up the southwestern theme, I offered sliced pickled jalapenos and grated cheese as toppers. I'm adding this to my recipe box!
I was worried about the beans being cooked enough so I soaked them overnight first, discarded the water in the morning and threw everything in the crock pot and let it go all day. I added more water at lunch as it was looking a little too thick.
I find it interesting that previous reviews thought this soup was bland. I made it exactly according to the recipe and thought it was great! I made 12 gift jars of the soup mix and paired them with beer bread mixes - which I also made - and had 12 Christmas gifts for very little money.